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How to avoid and survive a snake bite: Expert outlines the simple tips that could save your life if bitten by one of the reptiles

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Receiving a snake bite is an unsettling thought for most, and even more scary is the fact many people are clueless about what to do if the unlikely situation does occur. 

Luckily, an expert from the Australian Reptile Park has revealed vital information that could help keep victims alive if they find themselves on the end of a venomous bite. 

Ranger Mick Tate from the reptile park said one way to avoid a bite was to not approach or try to capture one, given that was when the majority of bites occurred. 

Ranger Mick Tate (pictured) from the Australian Reptile Park has revealed vital information that could help keep victims alive if they find themselves on the end of a venomous bite
Ranger Mick Tate (pictured) from the Australian Reptile Park has revealed vital information that could help keep victims alive if they find themselves on the end of a venomous bite
One way to avoid a bit was to not approach or try to capture one, given that was when the majority of bites occurred, according to Mr Tate
One way to avoid a bit was to not approach or try to capture one, given that was when the majority of bites occurred, according to Mr Tate

‘Most snake bites in Australia occur killing or catching the snake that bites you, so if you’re not involved in either of those pursuits, there’s very little chance you’re going to get bitten,’ Mr Tate said. 

In the rare even of sustaining a bite, Mr Tate said it was imperative the wound was not covered, sucked or tied with a tourniquet.

‘The method we use is a compression bandage, three or four times around the bite site, extend the bandage down to the end of the limb, (and) all the way back up to the axis,’ he said.  

Mr Tate recommended a compression bandage (example pictured) was wrapped three or four times around the bite site and extended to the end of the limb and back up 
Mr Tate recommended a compression bandage (example pictured) was wrapped three or four times around the bite site and extended to the end of the limb and back up 
There is adequate antivenom (pictured) available to treat every kind of snake bite, which means death from snake bites is rare
There is adequate antivenom (pictured) available to treat every kind of snake bite, which means death from snake bites is rare

‘Stay nice and calm, stay still, into the ambulance and directly to hospital.’ 

He said there was adequate antivenom available to treat every kind of snake bite, which meant death from a snake bite was very rare. 

‘They can only work is adequate first aid is carried out and transportation to hospital is immediate.’ 

People should always opt for a compression bandage (pictured) immediately after being bitten
People should always opt for a compression bandage (pictured) immediately after being bitten
In the rare even of sustaining a bite, Mr Tate said it was imperative the wound was not covered, sucked or tied with a tourniquet
In the rare even of sustaining a bite, Mr Tate said it was imperative the wound was not covered, sucked or tied with a tourniquet